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Old 11-08-09, 02:20 AM   #1
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What hobby/project are you working on these days?

Cycling isn't the only thing we enjoy on BF as the numerous threads have shown. What are you guys working on right now as your personal projects/hobbies?

I'm flaffing around with flight sims (trying to get accustomed to x-plane) and started on some photo/video-editing again (photoshop/premiere elements).
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Old 11-08-09, 02:45 AM   #2
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Old 11-08-09, 03:14 AM   #3
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Biggest time sink is reading 3+ historical romance novels per week for overa year now. Other than that and chocolate, I'm currently tracking down a couple automotive electrical problems, one in olde English for no charging (those are usually straightforward grounding or regulating problems) and one more modern rice burner with bad audio that looks like several problems (prior chop job, burned up output, and bad speakers in all likelihood).
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Old 11-08-09, 08:37 AM   #6
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I've been working on "The Studio™" again.

Today I'm pulling all the stuff away from the outlets so an electrician buddy can finish up the wiring. After years of work, I'll finally have heat, power, audio, network and light for Winter projects.
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Old 11-08-09, 08:40 AM   #7
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acquiring parts to build this:

10 gallon brewery. Almost there, need burners and the frame and then it's time to start building!
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Old 11-08-09, 08:54 AM   #8
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Old 11-08-09, 08:57 AM   #9
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I play guitar, mostly folk on acoustic and blues rock on electric. Not too good, mind you, but I enjoy it.

I also have a couple Pomeranians, a Schipperke mix and a pile of cats that consume a lot of my time. The poms really like to tussle a lot, I suppose we play an hour or two a day, five minutes here, ten minutes there. We also just took in a blue tortie kitten who likes attention.

My wife and I, while not really calling it a hobby, make an effort to find hole-in-the-wall and unique restaurants. We've driven 60 miles for ice cream before.
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Old 11-08-09, 09:03 AM   #10
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I'm getting back into music performance after several years of not touching the stuff.

At the moment I'm playing the piano, turntables, and singing harmony.
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Old 11-08-09, 09:58 AM   #11
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playing the guitar (mostly instrumental music lately). I need to finish tabbing a couple songs I've been sitting on. Computer games, got a few 'new to me' games on sale recently (fallout 3, bioshock, assassin's creed, the witcher, mass effect, stalker: shadow of chernobyl).

I've also been reading a lot more lately, mostly non-fiction. "The Discoverers," 2-volume history of scientific discovery (duh ), then "The World is Flat" (rise of global competition from internet), and now "The Seekers," a history of philosophy (I think).
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Old 11-08-09, 10:37 AM   #12
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I bought a house two months ago which had two break-ins within the first week of owning. Heater, air conditioner, 4 smoke detectors and copper pipes were stolen. It took weeks to get things in order before getting tenants. Now that they are in, there are a few things left to do in order to get it all wrapped up completely. Once it is done, I will buy yet another place to either rent or sale. I need to get this ball rolling so that I can go on a bike tour next year.
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Old 11-08-09, 10:48 AM   #13
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me too. Reading, spinning and knitting. Also doing a lot of hand-dyed yarn and fiber using both synthetic and natural dyes. I just finished dyeing some sock yarn using cochineal bugs and tree bark.
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Old 11-08-09, 10:49 AM   #14
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Old 11-08-09, 10:58 AM   #15
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A photography project and also building a youtube channel.
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Old 11-08-09, 02:29 PM   #16
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me too. Reading, spinning and knitting. Also doing a lot of hand-dyed yarn and fiber using both synthetic and natural dyes. I just finished dyeing some sock yarn using cochineal bugs and tree bark.
thats pretty awesome.
I am debating kniting a pair of airwarmers for groups rides. just to see what people say.
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Old 11-08-09, 04:40 PM   #17
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I am cleaning a lot of brush with a machete, I just bought 500 catfish fingerlings for the ponds and 200 langostinos (think fresh water lobster), and making trails all over the place.

That is what I am doing for amusement.
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Old 11-08-09, 05:01 PM   #18
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Yes I have similar interest. I need to get that darn turnstile installed in the bedroom door. Those lines of women are getting out of control!

Seriously. Believe it or not I come home and write programs. I actually make a little money at it. I wrote some software for the Garmin GPS that I sell. Since I am a programmer at work, this inerest has fallen by the wayside as of late.

I have renewed my interest ine electronics. The first project is to get an old radio working that I built in high school. You have no idea how hard it is to find germanium transistors these days!

Another project I have in mind is to build a solar panel that tracks the sun. Any astronomers out there? I need to see f there is a way to determine the optimum position and angle of the panel based on the date and time of day. You think I would know that stuff already with my interest in sailing but I never really got into the celestial navigation part of it.
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Old 11-08-09, 05:06 PM   #19
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I am cleaning a lot of brush with a machete, I just bought 500 catfish fingerlings for the ponds and 200 langostinos (think fresh water lobster), and making trails all over the place.

That is what I am doing for amusement.
Yikes how much property do you own?

I had no idea langostinos were fresh water. Is there a salt water version? I actually prefer them over lobster. The meat is much more tender.

So when are you going to be hosting the Bike Forums dinner? Catfish and langostinos are two of my favorite foods!
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thats pretty awesome.
I am debating kniting a pair of airwarmers for groups rides. just to see what people say.
You should definitely do this. Knit them from Noro silk garden so you get wild self-striping.
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Old 11-08-09, 05:18 PM   #21
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I've taken up the ukulele.

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Old 11-08-09, 05:40 PM   #23
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My big one at the moment is helping to refurbish an old steam-powered sternwheel-driven tug boat. You'd be hard-pressed to recognize her for all the facade they built up for it, but the Portland was the sternwheeler used in the movie Maverick.



My soccer season for the year is just about over, and the trails are getting a bit muddy for hiking, but skiing will start soon.

I'm also thinking about buying and fixing up a 600cc open-wheel race car. It was my senior engineering project, and now the school is selling it.
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Puzzles (crossword, Sudoku, etc) and wrenching on old bikes. Preferrably NICE, old bikes.
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I teach woodworking so I'm making a rocking horse, a jewelry box, a bedside table, and a box with a hinged lid. I'll get them done eventually.
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